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    Mental Health: Is Social Media Stealing Your Happiness?

    As we kick off Mental Health Awareness Month I want to begin with some insight that my son had over the weekend into how social media really steals the joy from our lives. He shares this piece of writing with me and I was struck by how it opened my eyes to the connection between social media and our military mental health. His excerpt highlights the reality of living with the challenges of depression and how we can feel alone even in a room full of people. I read it and got a loud and clear message that I think we all need to hear. So I ask you… Military Mental Health: Is…

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    Life Unplugged: The Reality of 10 Days Away From Social Media

    For a while now, social media has been a huge part of my business and personal life. I use it to keep in touch with friends and family as well as to promote my business and the products/services offered. Heck I blog about it regularly and even speak of the benefits that social media brings to a military spouse and online small biz owner. I even focus on the importance of personal interaction and the need to step away from technology and social media to find joy and connection in your day to day life. But the reality is I had personally never taken a break from technology. In fact prior to 10 days ago, my latest gadget,…

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    10 Quick Tips For Social Media Mastery

    It’s no secret that social media is something I love. I use social media for my small business and personal use. I use a variety of platforms to stay in contact with old friends, market my products and speaking services and to make my military life just a little bit easier. Years ago there wasn’t such a thing as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, heck there weren’t even smartphones. But social media integrates into our lives it becomes more and more evident that it’s here to stay.  And we need to master the beast both personally and professionally. Here are 10 Small Business Tips for Social Media Mastery: Use Facebook as the perfect place to create a conversation. Share…

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    Bloggers, Thought Leaders and Influencers: It’s Time to Step Up

    As a small business owner I know it’s not just about spreadsheets and analytics. Entrepreneurship is about giving back and making a difference. As a military blogger I believe that it’s important not only to talk about the issues and challenges of our life, but to do so in a transparent and real way. I also believe that we must use our voice to make change happen. For that reason I think it’s time put a call out to my fellow bloggers, speakers and influencers because, frankly with all that’s going on out there IT’s TIME TO STEP UP AND IT’s TIME TO LEAD. As someone with a following that shares stories to inspire,…

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    3 Tips to Overcome The Frustration of Social Media Marketing

    Have you ever been frustrated because things aren’t having the results that you want them to? Maybe it’s that sales aren’t moving at the speed you expected? Or like in my case, I thought that a few of our recent projects would be producing higher results than they are. My business has been making me wonder lately. Making me question our methods…making me wonder where I went wrong…AND they are making me angry because my expectations on various products and how they would see isn’t panning out as easily as we predicted. Sound familiar? I figured that by this time things would be different. Marketing would be “working” and the ticker tape would…

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    5 Social Media Types That Will Stunt Your Small Business Growth

    Social Media. What started out as a fun way to keep in touch with family and friends has transformed into so much more hasn’t it? For many of us social media has become our go to strategy to get news, information and tips to live our lives. From business icons and top brands to the individual starting their own small business social media provides an opportunity to reach larger audiences and connect in a unique and instantaneous manner. And I haven’t even touched on the fact that social media is how today’s’ military family keeps in touch across the miles. People are using social media in so many ways and because of that fact it’s where marketers are focusing…